The Great Youth Criminal Justice Act Debate

The Act went into force April 1, 2003

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July 2003

Resolved that: 

The simple possession of marijuana under 30 grams should be legal.

On May 16, 2003 Justice Steven Rogin of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice sitting as a summary conviction appeal court upheld a decision of the Ontario Court of Justice, Justice Douglas Phillip. Justice Phillip had earlier ruled that the section of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act which permitted the prosecution of a youth for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana was no longer good law in Ontario. 

Should Parliament concede the issue and decriminalize simple possession of small quantities of marijuana?


City:
Mississauga
Date:
20 May 2003
Time:
11:49:36

Comments

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have criminal records for being arrested, charged, found guilty, or convicted of simple possession of small quantities of marijuana. In a right-wing society where criminal record checks are being required for many work and volunteer positions it is unfortunate that they may be excluded from such positions. A record simply of being charged with one of these offences may result in exclusion from the United States on business or for a holiday. It's time to end these criminal records in Canada for adults and young persons.


City:
Mississauga
Date:
27 May 2003
Time:
19:02:04

Comments

What is the government thinking now... The idea to decriminalize marijuana is absolutely horrendous. This would only lead to the more wide spread use of it from the teenage population and would turn the focus of the drug trade from a small time drug like marijuana to harsher drugs like heroin or cocaine. I can understand the reasoning for using it as a painkiller for cancer and other diseases, but why don't regular painkillers like Codeine and Morphine work anymore?? If there has to be a decriminalization of marijuana, it should then become a prescription drug and not just a drug that can be picked up as readily as Tylenol and Advil.


City:
Hamilton
Date:
30 May 2003
Time:
10:58:19

Comments

No - you have all of these no smoking by-laws, etc. do not want to hear the excuses/reasons why you want to justify the legalizing/decriminalizing of it; its still a leaf, its rolled in paper, you light it, you inhale; whatever, it is still a cigarette.


City:
Toronto
Date:
02 June 2003
Time:
19:33:57

Comments

I think that marijuana should definitely be legalized considering it is less harmful then alcohol which is legal


City:
Cambridge
Date:
12 June 2003
Time:
10:49:35

Comments

I think that marijuana should be legalized, statistics prove that out of every 100 people, 35 die of cigarettes, 20 die alcohol related, 20 die in car accidents 20 die of old age and 5 die marijuana related. If the Canadian government wants to lower the death rate, they should ban alcohol.


City:
sudbury
Date:
26 June 2003
Time:
16:34:35

Comments

I do believe that 30 grams is an appropriate amount for an offender to carry without being charged criminally!


City:
columbus, ohio
Date:
05 May 2004
Time:
08:26:24

Comments

Yes I think that they should decriminalize the small posession of marijuana. The only reason that it's even considered to be a dangerous substance is because our society looks down on it as such because of previous, outdated moral ethics. Tests have shown that alcohol is way more influential in things associated such as car accidents, violence, and addiction, so why the disproportionate laws? (its like 7 in the morning if that doesn't make sense)


City:
West Chester
Date:
14 May 2004
Time:
21:58:57

Comments

Yes, I think that alcohol is truely a worse drug then marijuana, but small possession should be decriminalized as long as you use it responsibly.


City:
toronto
Date:
03 June 2004
Time:
00:33:43

Comments

Yes, because when someone is charged for a small possesion they receive a criminal record which leads to difficulties in jobs and travel. Studies also show marijuana is substantially less harmful than alcohol.


City:
Hamilton
Date:
04 June 2004
Time:
13:50:32

Comments

Marijuana is a harmless substance, I do not believe posssession of any amount should be punishable by law unless there is evidence of trafficing or intent to sell. Laws are meant to protect society from those who can do damage to the people within it i.e theft, murder, rape etc. If one person decides he/she will smoke marijuana, this action has no effect on society as a whole and therefore should not be punishable by law. As for those who think that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana will result in more people smoking it, yes a few may start, but those who don't smoke it usually don't smoke it for personal reasons not because it is illegal. Many minors who don't drink don't neccessarily start drinking when they become of legal age and this is similar to the issues with marijuana.


City:
TORONTO
Date:
08 June 2004
Time:
00:52:05

Comments

PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK THAT MARIJUANA IS ONLY FOR GETTING HIGH, BUT NEVER OCCURED TO THEM THAT IT HAS SOME POSITIVE EFFECTS FOR MEDICINAL USE. IT SHOULD BE LEGALIZED BECAUSE OTHER DRUGS ARE ALOT MORE WORST THAN MARIJUANA LIKE 40% ALCOHOL, IF YOU TAKE ENOUGH, YOU CAN DIE FROM ALCOHOL POISONING. SAME WITH SMOKING, IT CAN LEAD TO CANCER BUT IT'S DEFINITELY LEGAL!! CIGARETTES CAN'T CURE YOU BUT MARIJUANA CAN HELP IF YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN!


City:
Chicago
Date:
19 July 2004
Time:
09:31:49

Comments

Ofcourse they should decriminalize marijuana. I cant even begin to immagine how many positive effects it will have on the economy. Our court systems are so backed up right now and why? Because half the people are there due to minor posession charges. The jails are even worse because they are filled with kids who arent criminals just petty thugs who enjoy a good smoke here and there. There is so much more I can say about this issue but all the other comments were so breif so I dont want to write an essay and bore the readers. Bottom line is weed is harmless, it is the only thing that gets half the people I know through their day and im not just talking about kids adults as well. Hey heyiayay smoke weed everyday


City:
96720
Date:
29 September 2004
Time:
23:37:54

Comments

Yes they definately should. If alcohol and cigarettes are legal then marijuana should be too.


City:
Markham
Date:
14 November 2004
Time:
21:37:49

Comments

Weed should be legal becsause it is less harmful than smokes and alcohol and you can drive while smoking weed too, you have to be an idiot to crash when ur high


City:
Las Vegas
Date:
21 November 2004
Time:
23:30:57

Comments

Despite the fact that I am not Canadian, the legalization of marijuana would actually be a detriment to society. It is proven statistically that Marijuana users are more likely to engange in violent acts, not to mention, participate in the illicit use of harder drugs.


City:
Cambridge
Date:
25 November 2004
Time:
11:06:10

Comments

It should be decriminalized, it would save space in our jails for "real" crimes.

 

 

City:
mississauga
Date:
26 November 2004
Time:
12:05:35

Comments

I THINK U SHOULD HAVE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FOR JUST A SMALL AMOUNT.. IT SHOULD BE LEGAL BECAUSE PEOPLE DO IT ANYWAYS SO YOU SHOULD JUST GIVE UP TRYING AND MAKE IT LEGAL.


City:
London
Date:
29 November 2004
Time:
09:28:56

Comments

yes, i think marijuana should be decriminalized because it would make life alot simpler and you wouldn't have to worry about it going on your record, or getting caught. Also, its not that big of a deal, u cant get addicted to it and if it wasnt illegal than people might not go all out because its right there, and u can do it whenever and whereever you want because it snot illegal.


 
City:
Calgary
Date:
13 January 2005
Time:
00:12:58

Comments

Marijuana is illegal, and it should remain that way. Legalizing marijuana won’t solve anything, eventually people’s focus will be drawn away from marijuana and towards stronger drugs such as crack or cocaine, then how will you stop the distribution of these drugs? By legalizing them too? Almost 7% of all Canadians smoke pot now even though its illegal, who says they won’t carry more joints than the government defines as ‘legal’ once your resolution is passed? By legalizing marijuana you’re giving in to those that smoke it, they’re not looking for whats others say they can have they’re looking for ‘a little bit more’ Eventually they’ll push the government into passing more laws legalizing more potent drugs. Then what?? hmm? HMM?! Thats what I thought. The end.


City:
Toronto
Date:
20 January 2005
Time:
16:21:59

Comments

Allowing small amounts is controlled use. Which benefits the society. Many youth find marijuana appealing simply because of the fact of it being illegal. The whole idea of it being such a hard drug is over-rated. Alcohol has been the root of so many more of societies problems. Why are we focusing on the minor issues when we have the major left to tackle?


City:
toronto
Date:
24 January 2005
Time:
09:55:50

Comments

yes they should. there are many greater issues that need to be paid attention to.

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